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Rockwood State Forest

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Rockwood Sate Forest is an 856-acre property located near the village of Rockwood. It contains access to Rockwood Lake, as well as, several miles of trails and old logging roads. The state land is used for water quality protection, recreation, wildlife habitat and timber production.

Featured Activities

Hiking

hiking

General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Rockwood State Forest contains 1.69 miles of hiking trails and several additional miles of marked multi-use trails that provide access to the property.

Camping

primitive camping

General information on primitive camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

There are three primitive campsites located on this property. The Cemetery Road primitive campsites are located in the northern portion of the property, near Rockwood Lake, and the Spring Road primitive campsite located in the southern half of the property.

At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Paddling

paddling

General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Access to Rockwood Lake is obtained via a 270-foot-long path that starts from the parking area at the end of Cemetery Road and continues down to the shoreline of Rockwood Lake where visitors may hand launch non-motorized boats.

Fishing

fishing

General information on fishing includes how-to and safety tips and links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Rockwood Lake provides the main opportunity for fishing on this property.

Adirondack/Lake Champlain Fishing provides information on fishing in the area and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county.

Hunting & Trapping

hunting
trapping

General Information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations.

Please note that Rockwood State Forest is divided by Route 29, which is the North-South Hunting Zone line of demarcation, resulting in differing hunting seasons within this state forest.

Horseback Riding

horseback riding

General information on horseback riding includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations.

Horseback riding does occasionally occur on Rockwood State Forest; however, the trails are not currently maintained for this type of usage. There is a horse trailer parking lot that can be found on the south side of Route 29.

Wildlife

General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

Accessible Features

Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities

General information on accessible recreation includes links to other locations with accessible recreation opportunities and information on permits for motorized access.

There are several routes (totaling approximately 7.31 miles) crossing much of the forest that allow motorized access for people with mobility impairments. A permit is required through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Directions

Parking areas:

  • Unpaved horse trailer parking lot off Route 29 (43.05482505°N, 74.48848665°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Unofficial parking area at the end of Cemetery Road (43.0619787°N, 74.4991866°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

Primitive Campsites:

  • Cemetery Road Extension primitive campsites (43.06219105°N, 74.49922462°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)
  • Spring Road primitive campsite (43.0529008°N, 74.49609668°W) Google Map (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Rockwood State Forest must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

Specific Rules

  • Rockwood State Forest is divided by Route 29, which is the North-South Hunting Zone line, resulting in differing hunting seasons within this state forest.

How We Manage Rockwood State Forest

DEC is developing a unit management plan (UMP) which will describe the management activities for these lands. In addition to management objectives, the UMP will contain detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us info.R5@dec.ny.gov.

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

DEC Lands & Facilities

Gas, food, supplies, dining and lodging may be found in the nearby communities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

Fulton and Montgomery Chamber of Commerce (leaves DEC website) and the Fulton County I Love NY (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.